Latin America & Other destinations

Would you like to spend a semester or an academic year at the University of the Basque Country?

Please, check the following information:

- Whole academic year (September 2017 to June/July 2018):    5th May 2017
- First semester (September 2017 to January 2018):                         5th May 2017
- Second semester (January 2018 to June/July 2018):                       31st October 2017

* In case of having problems with these dates consult the options with the International Relations office. 

Paperwork and documentation

STEP 1. Choice of school and courses at the UPV / EHU. Approval of your university.

A.- Confirm that your university has an exchange agreement and that it includes the faculty or school that you are interested in.

B.- Once you have confirmed that there is an agreement you should contact the Study Abroad or International Relations coordinator from your home university in order to learn about the application procedures, forms and deadlines.

Important: Read the section "IMPORTANT ASPECTS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT" before choosing centre and subjects to take. It will be very useful to you.

STEP 2. First documentation and online registration. Approval of your university.

A.- If you are given approval, Abroad/International Relations coordinator from your home university must send by email the following forms to

  • Application form (pdf, 64 Kb) duly completed.
  • Scanned copy of your passport. That copy must contain the validity period of the passport. You must have your passport at the time of nomination and check that the document is valid for the whole of your stay here. We remind you that the number of your passport must appear in the letter of acceptance that you will need to apply for your visa.

B.- You will receive an invitation to complete your online registration. LINK TO THE INCOMING EXCHANGE STUDENT APPLICATION GUIDE

Note: the communications in this first phase of your admission procedure will be exclusively with your Study Abroad/International Relations Coordinator (for example: if you there are questions or mistakes in the courses that have been chosen we will inform your institution)

STEP 3. Admission letter.

Once you have been accepted, we will send the original letter of acceptance to your home university. We will also send a scanned copy to the student to start the visa procedures.

STEP 4. Other paperworks before your arrival at UPV/EHU.

After receiving the acceptance letter via email, you must prepare the dossier for your enrollment (this dossier must be handed in the secretariat of your faculty/school in the UPV/EHU once you arrive). To prepare the dossier you will need to contact your Study Abroad/International Relations Coordinator at UPV/EHU.

You must also get your student visa (pdf, 38 Kb)

STEP 5: Arrival to the UPV/EHU.

A.- After your arrival, if you have questions regarding the courses you will follow during your stay the don´t heasitate in asking your Study Abroad/International Relations Coordinator at UPV/EHU. Remember that the academic agreement that was signed before your arrival is provisional so you will be able to add or modify courses if both your home institution coordinator and UPV/EHU coordinator agree.

You must also remember that in order to enroll as an exchange student in the UPV/EHU you will need to be enrolled in your home institution.

B.- Go to any of the Help Centres for Visiting Students in order to receive information on Spanish and Basque Courses, activities and assistance for findin lodging.

STEP 6. At the end of your stay at UPV/EHU.

Before leaving the UPV/EHU dont forget to:

  • Visit the international relations coordinator in your Faculty/School in the UPV/EHU to inform of your departure date and obtain your Transcript of Records (or learn if it is sent directly to your home coordinator and when).
  • If your home institution requires and attendance form, it must must be signed by the Faculty/School coordinator.
  • Remember to give notice to end your lease. Return your key.
  • Close your bank account.
  • Return all library books.

Important aspects to keep in mind

Distribution of centres / faculties in 3 academic Campus located in different cities.

Our university has three academic campuses, placed in three different cities:

  • ­ Campus of Álava: in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
  • ­ Campus of Bizkaia: the centres are divided into two areas, Bilbao and Leioa.  To move from one place to another is necessary the use the public transport, that´s why it is really difficult to study subjects from several centres of Bilbao and Leioa at the same time.
  • ­ Campus of Gipuzkoa: in Donostia-San Sebastián.

There is a lot of distance between the different campuses, in case the students choose subjects from several centres, these centres must be located on the same campus.

Some important issues before selecting subjects.

The UPV/EHU does not require a minimum amount of credits to attend to the visiting students, but we do recommend to attend at least 3 subjects per semester so that academically it is worth the stay.

We recommend students, before selecting the subjects, keeping the following in mind:

  • Our academic year may be different than yours. Please check the dates.
  • ­ It is recommended to study subjects from a single centre (except Engineering or Economics and Business in Bilbao). It will be allowed to take 1 or 2 subjects from another centre, as long as they are located in the same geographical area and most subjects to be attended belong to the centre where they will be admitted.
  • ­ Each semester are offered different subjects, so it is important that the student verifies that the chosen subjects are taught in the semester in which he visits us.
  • ­ It will not be allowed to the students that make a stay of a semester (only in few exceptions), study full year subjects.

Department of Medicine and Dentistry.

Particularities to be considered in the Department of Medicine and Dentistry

Faculty of Medicine and Nursing (Medicine and Dentistry) will only receive applications from universities that have a bilateral exchange agreement with them.

No matter the period of stay of the students here (1st or 2nd semester of the academic year 2017/2018), applications should be sent within the 1st deadline (before the 5th May 2017).

This centre has a high level of saturation, therefore we can not guarantee a place for all students interested in making a stay in this centre. This is why applications will be accepted preferably for the 1st semester (September 2017 to January of 2018).

Important: The access to clinical internships of the 6th course of Medicine will only be allowed in the 1st semester (September to December 2017).